UNITED STATES GP – Hamilton overcomes recent woes to a commanding victory over Rosberg

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Lewis Hamilton has taken his fiftieth grand prix win after beating team-mate Nico Rosberg to the win in the United States Grand Prix. The world champion did everything he needed to if he is to have any hope of taking this years title.

Hamilton managed to make a good start which allowed him to get past team-mate Rosberg at the start. The Brit who has been on the back foot in recent races partly due to Mercedes problems, but with Rosberg second he still needs some slip ups and retirements from Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton said “What an incredible crowd. I feel OK, this has always been a good hunting ground for me, it always feels like home. The team did a great job to put us both up there and I am very proud to be up here. Finally, my 50th win.”

“All I can do is my best, Nico has been driving fantastically well, so the battle will continue, I will be going for it.”

Rosberg said “I lost out a bit at the start but gave everything to come back. I was going for it flat out until the end.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished third ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. While ricciardo’s team-mate Max Verstappen retired that handed the Mercedes a free pit stop as the Virtual Safety Car deployed. Verstappen told the team “It sounds like something is hitting the engine,” before pulling up.

The Dutch teenager was eager to switch to fresh tyres for his final stint, the 19-year-old pitted before his team had called him in and he arrived in an empty pit box with no one to greet him. This also lead to him losing out to the Ferrari’s.

Verstappen told Sky Sports “As a racer you always want to go forward. They said save your tyres and I was like ‘I want to go forward’. The pace was good and I could easily follow the guys in front. I backed off a bit to save my tyres. They told me to push and I thought it was an indication to box and then realised they didn’t box me. It was my fault, not very clever. In the end it did not matter.”

Fernando Alonso held off the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz in the latter part of the race. However, Alonso appeared to be trying too hard and forced his Spaniard off track as Hamilton crossed the line.

Alonso drove aggressively and has been put under investigation for earlier banging wheels with Felipe Massa as he passed his former team-mate and punctured his Williams in the process. Massa also suffered a puncher after being hit at the start.

Felipe Massa was seventh ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez and team-mate Jenson Button. While Romain Grosjean gave Haas a point at their home race.

Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire after his Ferrari team failed to attach a wheel properly because of a cross-thread wheel nut. If he hadn’t stopped it would have led to disqualification and the team were found to have released the Fin unsafely, with them being handed £4,500 fine.

Jenson Button took ninth place for McLaren ahead of Romain Grosjean, who secured the last point on offer for American team Haas.

Krvin Magnussen was handed a five second penalty after the stewards had decided that the Dane had gained an advantage in running off track when passing the Kvyat.

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